FDA Has The Right Idea With Graphic Smoking Warnings
Clearly, the US Food and Drug Administration has been right to fight for graphic warnings about smoking, with success with this approach in Canada signifying the results would be likewise good in the United States. The US Food and Drug Administration was planning to move ahead with orders for such labels in 2012 prior to being blocked by a decision from a federal judge. As is so often true in dealing with legal issues of this nature in a paradoxically mixed up American society, this court order to protect the sales of what is actually poison in the form of cigarettes made little sense to health conscious people. The question many people continue to raise is would these labels have worked in helping to lower smoking rates?
When Canadian researchers used graphic cigarette warning labels in Canada, they found a statistically significant lowering of smoking rates, in comparison to the USA, reports the scientific journal Tobacco Control. It has been concluded that the adoption of graphic warning labels in cigarettes lowers smoking prevalence. It has been estimated that if the USA had adopted these warning labels in 2012, the total number of adult smokers in the USA would have decreased approximately 5.3–8.6 million in 2013.
Graphic US warning labels on cigarette packs could have dramatic effects
In a discussion of this research the University of Waterloo has written that graphic warning labels on cigarette packs could lead to 8.6 Million fewer smokers in the United States. This of course could save millions of lives. Researchers in Canada found that graphic warning labels placed on cigarette packs was associated with a decrease in smoking rates in Canada of between 12 percent and 20 percent between 2000 and 2009. These researchers have estimated that if the same model which was used in Canada was applied to the United States, the presence of graphic warnings against smoking cigarettes would potentially lead to a decrease of millions of smokers.